Astronomy Night at Pickering Community Junior School

The society were invited to visit Pickering Community Junior School on the evening of Monday 14th October to provide an astronomy night for the Year 5 pupils.  The pupils have recently been studying their “High in the Sky” project that has seen them visited by a mobile planetarium, a dress down day as aliens aswell as learning about the seasons, planets and stars.

Society secretary Andy Exton FRAS, founder / honorary president John Harper FRAS and member Debbie Woodward attended the evening with the majority of the 90 pupils in the year group and many parents and teachers.  Luckily, the clouds stayed away sufficiently for a number of telescopes (including those of some pupils) and binoculars set up in the school playground to get some nice views of the Moon.  As the night darkened, the pupils also learnt about the constellations visible during the Autumn months and how the night sky moves.

In addition, John was able to take the pupils on a virtual tour of the Solar System in the school hall visiting the planets and satellites.

Many thanks to the school for inviting us to attend this wonderful evening and we look forward to visiting again in the future to provide a similar event for future year groups.

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